X Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger has insisted Hannah Barrett's uncontrollable tears are all part of her charm.
The 17-year-old Greggs bakery worker has cried a river during the audition process, and was overcome with emotion when she learned she had made it through to the final. And she admits she may not be able to hold back the tears on the live shows.
But Nicole said: "She's grown up and she's very strong, but isn't that why we love her all the more? That she doesn't hold back and that it means that much to her and her passion goes that deep? Isn't that why we love her even more?
"What's wrong with crying? I'm a cry baby too! I'm letting it out, I'm keeping it real OK?"
Hannah said: "I understand I cry a lot, but when you're going into this process you're emotionally drained. It's so hard and we want it that bad you're obviously going to cry. I'm not going to promise I'm not going to cry, because I cry anyway, I'm so sensitive, but I'll try and suck it up."
Tamera Foster, 16, said she was grateful to Nicole for being so hard on her in the judges' houses round.
She said: "I'm happy she gave me some tough love because it did make me realise how much I needed to fight for this and it made me give my best performance, so I'm glad she did that for me."